Office of the Dean
444 David M. French Hall
Fax: (810) 766-6891
Dean: Robert Barnett, Ph.D.
Associate Dean: Sapna Thwaite, Ph.D.
Assistant to the Dean: Michele Windsor
Business Administrator: Leah Hart
Administrative Specialist: Sarah Bennett
The School of Education and Human Services prepares students for careers in education and social work by offering degrees that blend a broad liberal education with preparation for professional roles. The School offers a variety of baccalaureate degrees, master’s degrees, a post-master’s degree, a doctoral degree, and certification programs. Currently the School is comprised of the Department of Education and the Department of Social Work. The Department of Education provides teacher education preparation, master’s degrees, a post-master’s degree, and doctoral programs. The Department of Social Work provides baccalaureate level preparation for social work practice and substance abuse treatment interventions.
The School of Education and Human Services is committed to advancing our local and global communities. In the University of Michigan-Flint tradition, we are dedicated to excellence in teaching and the growth of our students. We value life-long learning, scholarship, student-centeredness and engaged citizenship. Through personalized attention from dedicated faculty and staff who employ innovative and responsive practices, our students become leaders and change agents committed to promoting diversity, social justice and equity in their fields, professions, and communities.
Academic Regulations and Procedures
All regulations of the University of Michigan-Flint apply to students in the School of Education and Human Services. The student should note these regulations printed in earlier sections of this Catalog. Specific rules and regulations adopted by the faculty of the School of Education and Human Services are presented in the following sections.
Because of the varied nature of the programs offered through the School of Education and Human Services, admission procedures, as well as many other policies, are established by the individual departments. For information on these requirements and procedures, consult the departmental sections of this Catalog.
A normal undergraduate program consists of approximately 15 credits in Fall and Winter semesters and 6 credits in Spring and Summer terms. Students may elect a maximum of 18 credits in Fall and Winter and 9 credits in Spring and Summer. In exceptional cases, the Committee on Academic Standards may permit students of superior scholarship to elect more than the maximum number of credits. A student who is employed should limit the course load accordingly. Students working full time should expect to take less than a full time course load.
The advising system is based on the premise that students are responsible for maintaining and recording their own progress. However, working closely with a departmental advisor assists students to effectively plan their courses of study.
The following grading system is used in the undergraduate School of Education and Human Services: A, excellent; B, good; C, fair; D, poor; E, failure; P, pass; F, fail; I, incomplete; N, no credit; W, officially withdrawn (without penalty). The following scale is used in calculating grade point averages:
Grade point averages are computed by dividing total honor points (course credits multiplied by course grade points) by total credits. The computation is limited to points and credits earned at the University of Michigan-Flint.
The report of I (Incomplete) may be made by the instructor if the student is passing but unable to complete the coursework within the specified time. An I may be made up while a student is not enrolled and must be made up by the end of the fifth week of the next semester in which a student is enrolled or one calendar year from when the I was given, whichever is first. If for sufficient reason the student cannot remove the incomplete by one of the above deadlines, the Dean of SEHS may grant an extension of the time upon request from the student and the instructor. It is the student’s responsibility to ask the instructor for an extension of time and file the required form with the Registrar prior to the deadline. Failure to make up the grade within the time allotted results in the I being automatically changed to a grade of E, F or N as applicable.
The grade N, which signifies neither credit nor grade point value, is used in some courses. For these courses the lowest grade for which credit is earned is one of the following: C, C-, D, D-. The use of this grading system in a course is indicated in course listings and in the course schedule and is announced at the beginning of these courses. Students should be aware that although N grades do not affect the grade point average, the accumulation of an excessive number of Ns is considered insufficient progress toward a degree. Therefore, N grades in excess of a total of nine credits at the University of Michigan-Flint are recorded as E, and are calculated into the grade point average.
The grade Y indicates “Work in Progress” and is therefore used only for courses designated to extend beyond a single semester. After completion of the work, the Y grade will be removed and replaced by an appropriate grade, or it may also be replaced by an (I) Incomplete.
A grade once reported (with the exception of I or Y) may be changed only to correct a demonstrable error up to one calendar year after the end of the semester in which the grade was originally submitted and then only with the approval of the Dean. Grade changes made and/or received after degrees have been conferred will not be processed as the records are closed. Final grades are reported at the conclusion of each academic semester and become part of the official record of the student. Final grades are generally available on SIS within one week of the last day of the examination period.
Recognition of Superior Scholarship
Graduating seniors with cumulative grade point averages of at least 3.5 but less than 3.75 are recommended for the degree “with honors” and those with cumulative grade point averages of at least 3.75 are recommended for the degree “with highest honors.” In computing averages, only courses taken at the University of Michigan-Flint are included, and only complete terms or semesters are counted.
See “Undergraduate Honors” in the “Academic Policies of the University” section of this Catalog for information regarding campus- and system-wide honors recognition.
Distinguished scholarship is also recognized by awards offered by the faculty of the University of Michigan-Flint and by other organizations.
Credit Without Grade (Pass/Fail)
The provision for credit without grade (pass/fail) is intended to encourage students to attempt courses outside their major fields of interest. Subject to the following regulations, a student may elect a limited number of courses without concern for the cumulative grade point average.
The following conditions must be met unless a course is offered only on a Pass/Fail basis:
- The student has accumulated 55 or more credits.
- The student has a GPA of 2.0 or better.
- Only one course may be elected pass/fail per semester.
- The election does not put the student over the four class pass/fail election limit.
- The course is outside the student’s concentration and outside any elected minor.
- The course may not be used to fulfill general education requirements (except for a foreign language).
A student who wishes to elect a course for credit without grade must submit a grade modifier form, available from the Registrar’s office. The decision should be made in consultation with an academic advisor. This option may not be elected after the end of the first two weeks of the semester, nor changed to credit with grade after the announced deadline for dropping classes.
Students choosing the credit without grade option are expected to complete all assigned work and examinations of the course. If in the judgment of the instructor a grade of C or better is earned, the work is reported as “Pass,” and the credits for the course are received. If the grade earned is less than C, the report is “Fail,” and the course appears on the transcript without grade designation and without credits.
Courses elected for credit without grade are not included in the calculation of the grade point average.
A student in the School of Education and Human Services is expected to maintain a grade point average consistent with the requirements prescribed by the department or program in which the student is enrolled.
The academic records of all students whose grade point averages fall below a 2.0 are reviewed at the end of each semester by the Academic Standards Committee. According to individual circumstances, students with deficient academic records may be placed on warning or required to withdraw. Students on warning must make substantial improvement during the following semester in order to continue in the program or department. While students may maintain university enrollment with a 2.0 grade point average, higher grade point averages are required for admission to, and completion of, programs offered in the School. Students should consult the specific grade point requirements of their programs noted in the departmental sections of the Catalog.
Appeal to the Academic Standards Committee
Students who believe that they are unreasonably affected by a policy of the School of Education and Human Services may appeal to the Academic Standards Committee. Petition forms are used to request exceptions in individual cases; information can be obtained from academic advisors or from the office of the Dean, School of Education and Human Services.
Changes in Academic Rules and Degree Requirements
- Changes made in general degree requirements, including general education requirements and specific major and minor requirements go into effect the Fall semester following approval and apply to all students admitted to the University that term or thereafter.
- Continuously enrolled students (those who are enrolled for classes at least one semester of each 12-month period) are entitled to fulfill the requirements in effect the first semester in which they were admitted to the University. Students who reenroll are required to fulfill the requirements of the Catalog in effect on the date of reenrollment. Students may elect to fulfill requirements in any subsequent Catalog.
- Exceptions to these guidelines may be granted in some circumstances, when approved by the governing faculty of the unit affected. If such an exception is approved, it is the responsibility of the department or program requesting the exception to publicize the approved changes by circulating the information to academic advisors and to students affected by the changes.
Student Academic Grievance Procedure
The general procedure for resolving student grievances in matters of dispute between student(s) and instructor(s) regarding classroom instruction, arbitrary and/or inconsistent application of classroom policies and procedures, including assignment of grades, shall be as described below. This procedure must begin at the instructor/department level and not with the SEHS Office of the Dean. (For any allegation of discrimination, see the section of discrimination under Student Rights Policy in this Catalog.)
- Discussion with Instructor. The student will initiate discussion of the issue with the instructor in writing. This discussion must be initiated within 14 calendar days of the occurrence of the issue (e.g., the return of a graded project) or, if occurring at the end of a semester or term, within the first 14 calendar days of the start of the next academic semester or term.
- Discussion with Department Chair*. If the concern is not resolved in discussion with the instructor, the student may discuss the issue with the Department Chair who shall attempt to resolve the matter. This discussion with the Chair is to be initiated within 14 calendar days following the meeting with the instructor or, if occurring at the end of a semester or term, within the first 14 calendar days of the start of the next academic semester or term. (Note: when issues of jurisdiction arise, the SEHS Academic Standards Committee will determine jurisdiction.)
Appeal Process of Student Academic Grievance Procedure
a. If the academic grievance is not resolved in discussion with the Department Chair*, the student may, within 14 calendar days following the meeting of that discussion, submit a written complaint to the Chair.
b. Upon receipt of a written complaint, the Chair will form an ad hoc committee comprised of three SEHS faculty members: one member of the committee will be identified by the student, one member will be identified by the instructor, and a third member from, and identified by, the SEHS Academic Standards Committee. A written response to the written complaint will be invited from the instructor.
c. The decision of the ad hoc committee will be final and issued in writing to the student within 30 calendar days of the Chair’s receipt of the written complaint.
*If the instructor is a Department Chair, then the student may discuss the issue with the Chair of the Academic Standards Committee.